Published: Mon, June 13, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

China calls for 'immediate stop' to Philippines' South China Sea case

China calls for 'immediate stop' to Philippines' South China Sea case

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said regional stakeholders in Asia should seek a "diplomatic solution" to increased tensions in the South China Sea.

China does not recognize the arbitration case in The Hague brought by the Philippines on the South China Sea and insists on resolving territorial disputes exclusively by negotiations, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

President Xi Jinping received a high-level delegation from Pyongyang in Beijing on Wednesday, signaling that those countries may be seeking to fix ties further strained by North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January.

"One of the intercepting Chinese jets had an unsafe excessive rate of closure on the RC-135 aircraft", the command said in a statement.

"China hopes the USA will scrupulously abide by its promise to not take sides in relevant territorial disputes and play a constructive role in safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea", Yang said. "The key is not to use disagreements as an excuse for confrontation. Both sides should put themselves in each others' shoes and manage them in a pragmatic and constructive way".

China said yesterday the Philippines has ignored a proposal for a regular talks mechanism over maritime issues, as it repeated that its door was always open to bilateral talks with Manila on the South China Sea.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi in remarks in Beijing on Tuesday at the end of a Strategic and Security Dialogue with the USA said South China Sea islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times and China has every right to "uphold its territorial sovereignty and lawful and legitimate maritime entitlements". Occupied by China since 2012, the shoal threatens to become the biggest flashpoint in disputes over the sea.

Bower made the assessment in answer to a query raised by former nationals security adviser Roilo Golez on how the USA and its allies would respond to an Adiz declared by China.

An airstrip there would add to China's network of runways and surveillance sites that US Pacific Command chief Harry Harris said previous year would create "a mechanism by which China would have de facto control over the South China Sea in any scenario short of war".

"China urges the Philippines to immediately cease its wrongful conduct of pushing forward the arbitral proceedings, and return to the right path of settling the relevant disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation with China", it said. China didn't take part in the hearings, arguing the tribunal lacks jurisdiction.

The court's ruling is expected in the next few weeks and many analysts believe the result will be favorable to the Philippines.

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